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The Five Bells Inn

Clyst Hydon, Tiverton, EX15 2NT +44 1884685931

(((() British

Excellent, both food and service were very good

Heather Makin 11 March 2017
from Exeter

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A grade II-listed former farmhouse, The Five Bells Inn is a rustic country pub in the heart of Devon. Dating back to the 16th-century, Five Bells is a beautiful thatched Tudor building with whitewashed walls and a leafy, tranquil garden.

Vintage British character is offset by ultra-modern seasonal cuisine on The Five Bells menu. Pan-fried scallops with cauliflower, cumin and lemon thyme precede chump of Dartmoor lamb with parsnip, rosemary and ramson, while the pub champions a 1-pot cooking method in which whole chickens are pan-roasted and served in the pan at the table for sociable group dining.

Devon pub The Five Bells Inn retains its historic character with chunky Tudor roof beams and a 20th-century bar top. Modern comforts like chic slate flooring and televisions broadcasting live rugby complete the Five Bells interior, whilst the garden is awash with the colour of hanging baskets and pristine flower arrangements.

Country hideaway The Five Bells Inn is a 15-minute drive from junction 28 of the M5, and about half an hour from Exeter.

The Five Bells Inn

Clyst Hydon, Tiverton, EX15 2NT

Contact +44 1884277288
Reservations +44 1884685931

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4.6 (((() (based on 180 reviews)
96% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • ((((( 23 March 2017 by Alan from Cullompton

    We had a very nice meal. Service was very good as well.

  • ((((( 20 March 2017 by Judith Harvey from Exeter

    Excellent. The food was delicious and service was great.

  • ((((( 11 March 2017 by Heather Makin from Exeter

    Excellent, both food and service were very good

  • ((((* 11 March 2017 by Judith Sandison from ottery st mary

    We love it here. Pretty place, nice staff food excellent. only 1 complaint: boring desert menu and only 2 choices neither of which interested either of us.

  • ((((* 5 March 2017 by Sheila Sillick from Prestwood

    Very welcoming attractive thatched inn, (a little difficult to find as our satnav didn't recognise the postcode!). Lovely bar staff and extensive choice on the menu. Starters of chicken liver parfait with smoked eel, a crab salad and "superb" local mussels were all excellent. There was a slight wait before our main courses, but the restaurant was busy. My main of brill on the bone with cauliflower cheese and romesco was delicious, the buttery fish complemented by a citrusy sauce, and my companions both praised a duck with mushroom sauce and ribeye steak with fries. Lovely atmosphere, with families enjoying their lunches.

  • ((((( 5 March 2017 by James Bedford from Devon

    Prompt, friendly and attentive service; solid menu range with interesting specials; really delicious food with every plate containing a variety of flavours!

  • ((((( 4 March 2017 by Colin Bennett from Exeter

    As always, a great lunch. The cooking is top quality at very reasonable prices. We're lucky to live close to one of the best restaurants in this area.

  • ((((( 1 March 2017 by Glenys Chester from Cullompton

    The nicest pub/restaurant we have visited since moving to Devon. The welcome was so friendly and warm. Nothing was too much trouble. The food and drink were second to none. We had the best evening ever and can't wait to return. I would thoroughly recommend The Five Bells Inn.

  • ((((* 27 February 2017 by Kerrie Devine from Exeter

    We had Sunday lunch for 6 for my partners birthday. The staff looked after us beautifully, gave us a lovely table away from the main throng which was perfect. The meal was in the main, delightful! The only slight disappointment was the lamb was maybe a little tough - but of course that could be my personal taste. Inwiikdnt hesitate to dine here again and highly recommend it!

  • ((((( 27 February 2017 by Earl layton Morris from Exeter

    Excellent service and food.

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